Asked by: C Dawson, by email
It’s rare to see a dead bird on the ground, but it is also rare to see a dead mouse or rat – which are generally much more numerous. We don’t question this because we don’t see rodents much when they are alive – they are secretive and nocturnal.
It’s only because living birds are so conspicuous that it seems strange not to see them when dead. Birds don’t usually drop dead in mid-flight – they die in their nest or are caught and eaten, much like other small animals.